As the 2018-19 school year comes to a close, we take one last look at some of the things that were accomplished recently and begin setting the stage for next year.
On Thursday, May 31st the Curriculum Professional Development Council held its last meeting for 2018-19. The majority of the day was structured around four groups, each responsible for one topic, completing their tasks and receiving feedback from the other groups to help inform the work. The first group reviewed the revised SRBI Framework, forms, and graphics that the SRBI/SAT workgroup had drafted and finalized the documents that will be implemented in the fall. The second group conducted the annual Teacher Evaluation and Development Model review and made one recommendation for a language change that will be presented to the BOE at their June meeting and some additional recommendations for the PDEC committee to consider. The third group completed a SWOT analysis on the Homework Policy that was adopted at the start of the school year. And the last group worked to identify 8-10 key skills that could be measured within our curriculum across all disciplines. They also began drafting operational definitions for each skill and providing observable events or conditions that could be independently measured or tested for. This work will be continued next year in conjunction with creating the vision of the graduate as part of the NEASC work. Additionally, the 6-12 School Counseling department presented their findings and recommendations to the Council from their curriculum review and then the Council members engaged in a reflection activity based on the findings to provide feedback to the School Counseling department. Finally, we recognized and thanked those members whose CPDC term has ended for their insight, contributions, and commitment to improving teaching and learning. Jenna Aylsworth, Pamela Baclaski, Andrew Brochu, David Conway, Andrea Galuska, Andrew Riddle, and Betsy Sanborn. Next year the Council will meet on October 17th, January 30th, and April 23rd.
The K-12 Science Vertical Team met for two days in May to review all of the evidence and reflections from the various grade levels that was submitted as part of the curriculum review and revision process. Additionally, the team utilized all of the documentation in Eduplanet to complete their evaluation of the curriculum, compile their findings, and make recommendations. The Vertical Team will present their findings and recommendations to CPDC in the fall.
The ELA Vertical Team held their third meeting in May. As a result of this meeting, the team drafted a literacy vision and belief statements. For each belief statement the group compiled the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that aligned with that statement from earlier work of the team. Next the group developed goals for each statement and identified what the goal would look like when fully implemented with fidelity and what we need to do to get there. All of this information will be compiled into an action plan and the team will reconvene in September to continue this work.
Earlier this month the Capturing Kids’ Hearts Workgroup, comprised of one Process Champion from each building, continued the work that was started in March to recommit to the EXCEL model. The group created a brochure that defines each letter of the model and includes three ways to support students for each area. The EXCEL model is centered around building relational capacity, developing leadership skills, and supporting social emotional learning. The document will be shared with everyone in the fall.
The Professional Development and Evaluation Committee (PDEC) held its first meeting on June 11th. The meeting began with the group receiving an overview of the purpose, goals, roles, and responsibilities of the newly formed Committee. The remainder of the time was spent discussing how best to structure professional development and possible topic areas while being cognizant of the necessary alignment with the Avon Blueprint for Excellence, district, and building professional development needs. The group will meet again on August 26th to finalize the professional development focus area(s) for the school year.
As the Connecticut state testing window came to a close on June 7th, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to a smooth, successful test administration at all five schools. In all, Avon finished with a 99.58% participation rate, which accounts for over 5,000 individual assessments given in ELA, mathematics and science to students in grades 3-8 and 11. Special thanks to Thompson Brook and Pine Grove schools for hosting visitors from the Connecticut Student Assessment Office. We are also excited to share that Brendan Lynch, grade 5 teacher at TBS, has been selected to participate in the Smarter Balanced Math Item Content Review and Item Writer Training this summer in Seattle, Washington. He will be a member of the Grade 4-5 committee.
The Avon Public Schools 2019-2020 Common Assessment Calendars: Secondary Assessment Calendar and Elementary Assessment Calendar are linked here for your reference as you begin planning for next year.
And finally, thanks to one and all for your continued hard work to help every student feel connected and meet their full potential. Have a wonderful summer full of relaxation, rejuvenation, and reading.
Calendar of Events
June 18-21 Summer Curriculum Writing, AHS Community Room 8:00 - 3:00
July 9 Summer Curriculum Writing, BOE Meeting Room 2 8:00 - 3:00